UK offshore oil crew transport company Bristow Helicopters is set to complete the BP-funded Project Jigsaw trial for airborne search and rescue (SAR) service for North Sea oil rigs ahead of schedule. The Aberdeen, UK-based company is confident of being awarded the subsequent contract, which has cleared local opposition by retaining rather than replacing emergency boats.

Bristow was awarded the £15 million ($22 million) contract in September 2001 and deployed a modified Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma in December last year (Flight International, 11-17 September 2001).

Source: Flight International